H.L. Flake and International Key Supply Combine Forces

Posted on 04 December 2019

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H.L. Flake and International Key Supply Combine Forces

Farmingdale, NY -  December 4, 2019 - H.L. Flake Security Hardware and International Key Supply have combined forces to create one of the largest independent security hardware distribution portfolios in the U.S. serving locksmiths and security professionals.

“Bringing these businesses together leverages International Key Supply’s leading market position in automotive locksmith supplies with H. L. Flake’s extensive hardware product offering, our combined inventory availability, rock solid infrastructure and state of the art technology for the benefit of all our customers”, according to Sean McAuliffe, Director & Chief Strategy Officer - Automotive.

“With International Key Supply and HL Flake operating together we now become the one true full line provider of security products to security professionals in the locksmith community”, commented Mark Knight, C.E.O.

Mark added, “A major benefit is providing industry leading product availability, quicker shipping from a trusted and reliable network and increased technical support. H. L. Flake will better serve Northeastern and Northwestern U.S. customers with the added footprint, while International Key Supply will be able to leverage three additional distribution points and a greatly expanded product offering.”

The companies will integrate back end systems to work seamlessly in supporting their security professional locksmith customers, offering a combined 45,000 stocked items shipping from 5 locations serving all of North America and customers worldwide. The full product offering will be available from both companies before the end of the year with complete back end systems integration happening in the first half of 2020.

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About HLF and IKS

Herbert L. Flake Company, LLC and International Key Supply, LLC are leading distributors of security products primarily serving security professionals in the locksmithing industry. Combined, the companies stock over 45,000 line items for commercial hardware, access control, residential hardware, safe and automotive security applications from the top manufacturers in the industry serving customers from warehouse locations in Houston, New York, Memphis, Jacksonville and Portland, OR. Additional brand names include McDonald Dash and H.E. Mitchell.

Our mission is to be the preferred full line supplier of security products to the markets we serve for our customers, employees, vendors and investors.

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Customer FAQs:

Q: How do I benefit from this change?

A: The companies will integrate back end systems to work seamlessly in supporting their security professional locksmith customers, offering a combined 45,000 stocked items shipping from 5 locations serving all of North America and customers worldwide.  

We are the one true full line supplier serving the security professional locksmith community providing a broader product offering, faster shipping and competitive pricing! 

Q: Are the private label brands being maintained?

A: Yes, Keyless2Go (K2G) & Durashell will continue as will Basiks.  A-Tek will be phased out in favor of K2G. 

Q: Will I be able to buy Keyless2Go (K2G) from HLF and MCD? 

A: Yes, we can drop ship today and hope to have stock available in Houston in early to mid-January. 

Q: Will I be able to buy Commercial Hardware, Access Control and Residential Hardware from IKS and an expanded line from HEM?  

A: Yes, that can be done today.  Hardware products can be shipped from Houston, Memphis, Jacksonville and Portland, OR.  We plan to have inventory available to ship out of the NY facility in Q2 2020. 

Q: Will HLF/MCD and IKS/HEM have different pricing?  

A: We will ensure that pricing is the same across all of the businesses and will be more competitive than ever! 

Q: What will my credit terms be?  

A: We will look to make sure that a customer’s credit terms are consistent between the businesses.  (Note: If an account has open terms with HLF/MCD, we will offer the same to the account from IKS/HEM in the near future if the customer is in good standing.) 

Q: Will I still be working with the same sales and customer support people I deal with today?

A: Yes.  There are no current plans to change existing relationships.  Nor are there plans to integrate the HLF and IKS phone systems.  If you currently deal with one person at IKS/HEM and another at HLF/MCD, you can continue to do so.  

Q: Will the websites be changing?

A: Yes, for the better!  The IKS and HEM websites will continue on their current platform with functionality upgrades over time including showing available inventory in all locations.  The HLF/MCD website will initially be upgraded with a new marketing front end within the next month and the e-commerce area of the site re-platformed mid-2020.   

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